Developing a new OER Course at OUT

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Developing a new OER course on “ACADEMIC DIGITAL FLUENCY” at the Open University of Tanzania by Dr. Kassimu A. Nihuka

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Developing a new OER Course at OUT

  1. 1. The Open University of Tanzania (OUT) THE STATUS OF OER COURSE ON “ACADEMIC DIGITAL FLUENCY” AT OUT Dr. Kassimu A. Nihuka Report Presented at the OpenUpEd Workshop on Saturday 9th June, 2014 at Elephant Hills Resort, Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe
  2. 2. OUTLINE 1. Background 2. Approach 3. The new OER course 4. Status of the new OER course 5. Way forward 2
  3. 3. 1. BACKGROUND • OUT is moving from print to a digital culture, • Emerging trends: oIncreasing use of learning technologies such as Moodle LMS, CDs, Multimedia, & Mobile phones, oLimited use of OERs by students despite the potentials, why? oNeed to develop relevant skills to help lecturers guide students on how to use OERs 3
  4. 4. 1. BACKGROUND Contd… • Visit to OUT by OER Africa team in August, 2013>> • The discussion culminated into a firm decision to develop OER course on “Academic Digital Fluency Course for 21st C Lecturers ”. • This presentation aims to present the status of OER course development at OUT. 4
  5. 5. • The approach included: • preliminary meeting with stakeholders, • capacity building workshops and • workshop for actual design and development of the OER. 5 2. APPROACH
  6. 6. 3. THE NEW OER COURSE 3.1 Contents • The course consists of 5 Modules, namely o Digital Literacy Fundamentals, o Academic Integrity, o Storage and Access of Digital Resources, o Working with OERs and o Learning Design. 6
  7. 7. 3.2 Structure of the Modules 1. Course code 2. Course title 3. Course description 4. Module learning objectives / outcomes 5. Topics / Contents 5.1 Topic title 5.2 Introduction 5.3 Learning objectives 7 3. THE NEW OER COURSE
  8. 8. 3.2 Structure of the Modules 5.4 Text (which addresses the learning objectives) 5.5 Activity (ranging between 2-6 activities) 5.6 Summary of the topic / content 5.7 Review questions 5.8 References 8 3. THE NEW OER COURSE Cont...
  9. 9. Module Topics / Contents Status by Monday, 26th May, 2014 1. Digital Literacy Fundamentals Basic computer concepts and operations 100% Internet fundamentals 100% Multimedia fundamentals 100% Virtual learning environments 100% 9 4. STATUS OF THE NEW OER COURSE 4.1 Completion rate
  10. 10. Module Topics / Contents Status by Monday, 26th May, 2014 2. Academic Integrity Academic integrity 100% Academic work and adherence to academic integrity 100% Intellectual property practices in academics 100% Referencing of academic work and referencing styles 100% Causes of academic integrity 100% 10 4. STATUS OF THE NEW OER COURSE Cont... 4.1 Completion rate
  11. 11. Module Topics / Contents Status by Monday, 26th May, 2014 3. Storage and Access of Digital Resources Web 2.0 technologies 100% Digital storage 100% Cloud storage 100% Digital library 100% 11 4. STATUS OF THE NEW OER COURSE Cont... 4.1 Completion rate
  12. 12. Module Topic / Contents Status by Monday, 26th May, 2014 4. Working with OERs Understanding cc licensing 100% OER – mixing, adapting, reusing, producing 100% Production work flow process for OUT 100% 12 4. STATUS OF THE NEW OER COURSE Cont... 4.1 Completion rate
  13. 13. Module Topics / Contents Status by Monday, 26th May, 2014 5. Learning Design Using the 7Cs process model and OER templates 100% Incorporating digital technologies (including social media 100% 13 4. STATUS OF THE NEW OER COURSE Cont... 4.1 Completion rate
  14. 14. • All five (5) modules sent to reviewers, • The agreed time for review was 1 week, • Reviewers comments sent to writers, • Writers incorporating reviewers comments, • Meeting to discuss the modules scheduled for 2nd June, 2014. 14 4. STATUS OF THE NEW OER COURSE Cont... 4.1 Review of the modules
  15. 15. 15 5. WAY FORWARD • Modules uploaded into MOODLE LMS of the OUT, • The course is piloted with a group of students at OUT,
  16. 16. • Experiences and lessons learned are shared with ACDE member institutions during ACDE- TCC meeting & ACDE Executive Board meeting in July, 2014, • ACDE members deliberate on how to develop their own OER which will become Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that suit their specific contexts. 16 5. WAY FORWARD
  17. 17. I thank you all for your attention 17

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